Responding to the Scottish government’s latest estimate for fuel poverty under the new definition, which shows 583,000 Scottish households defined as being in fuel poverty and 293,000 defined as in ‘extreme fuel poverty’, Jamie Stewart, energy spokesperson at Citizens Advice Scotland said:
“These figures continue to show the scale of the problem which people have been experiencing across the country. The Citizens Advice network in Scotland helps hundreds of thousands of people each year, and for thousands of our clients fuel poverty and soaring energy bills is a source of stress and anxiety.
“That’s why we welcomed the government publishing an energy consumer action plan this week, rising energy prices continues to be a top concern for Scottish consumers and it is important that people are supported on the ground to engage with the energy market in new ways.
“To counter fuel poverty and ever rising energy bills we need a multi-faceted approach from policy makers, government and industry.”